Phytoplasma protein effector SAP11 enhances insect vector reproduction by manipulating plant development and defense hormone biosynthesis.

@article{Sugio2011PhytoplasmaPE,
  title={Phytoplasma protein effector SAP11 enhances insect vector reproduction by manipulating plant development and defense hormone biosynthesis.},
  author={Akiko Sugio and Heather N Kingdom and Allyson M Maclean and Victoria M. Grieve and Saskia A Hogenhout},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={108 48},
  pages={E1254-63}
}
Phytoplasmas are insect-transmitted phytopathogenic bacteria that can alter plant morphology and the longevity and reproduction rates and behavior of their insect vectors. There are various examples of animal and plant parasites that alter the host phenotype to attract insect vectors, but it is unclear how these parasites accomplish this. We hypothesized that phytoplasmas produce effectors that modulate specific targets in their hosts leading to the changes in plant development and insect… CONTINUE READING
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